Mike Britt. Photo courtesy Centers for Exceptional Children, via Facebook.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mike Britt, a well-known and beloved leader in Winston-Salem’s education, philanthropy and LGBT circles, died early Wednesday due to complications with flu, reports Camel City Dispatch. Britt was 66.

Britt was a longtime leader in Winston-Salem’s LGBT community, serving as a past president of the Adam Foundation, in addition to other groups, including serving on the boards of Planned Parenthood of the Triad and the Carolina Chamber Symphony.

As a lifelong counselor and educator, Britt worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System after attending Wake Forest University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1970 and a master’s in degree in counseling in 1978. In the 1980s, Britt began working with exceptional children, including those with developmental challenges and those who were academically gifted.

He joined The Children’s Center in 1993 as executive director and in 2010 became executive director of The Centers for Exceptional Children, created from the merger of The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School.

Britt is survived by his two sons, Andrew and Matthew, their wives, Meredith and Joanna, and his granddaughters, Nora and Noelle.

Read more about Britt, his work and his life at Camel City Dispatch.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.